/ Outpatient General Anesthesia
are given nitrous oxide/oxygen, or what you may know as laughing gas, to
relax them for their dental treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of
two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is given through
a small breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose, allowing
them to relax, but without putting them to sleep. The American Academy of
Pediatric Dentistry, recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective
technique to use for treating children’s dental needs. The gas is mild,
easily taken, then with normal breathing, it is quickly eliminated from
the body. It is non-addictive. While inhaling nitrous oxide/oxygen, your
child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes.
Prior to your
inform us of any change to your child’s health and/or medical
about any respiratory condition that makes breathing through the nose
difficult for your child. It may limit the effectiveness of the
Let us know
if your child is taking any medication on the day of the appointment.
This includes prescribed, over-the-counter, or herbal medications.
General Anesthesia is recommended for apprehensive children, very young
children, and children with special needs that would not work well under
conscious sedation or I.V. sedation. General anesthesia renders your child
completely asleep. This would be the same as if he/she was having their
tonsils removed, ear tubes, or hernia repaired. This is performed in a
hospital or outpatient setting only. While the assumed risks are greater
than that of other treatment options, if this is suggested for your child,
the benefits of treatment this way have been deemed to outweigh the risks.
Most pediatric medical literature places the risk of a serious reaction in
the range of 1 in 25,000 to 1 in 200,000, far better than the assumed risk
of even driving a car daily. The inherent risks if this is not chosen are
multiple appointments, potential for physical restraint to complete
treatment and possible emotional and/or physical injury to your child in
order to complete their dental treatment. The risks of NO treatment
include tooth pain, infection, swelling, the spread of new decay, damage
to their developing adult teeth and possible life threatening
hospitalization from a dental infection.
Prior to your
notify us of any change in your child’s health. Do not bring your
child for treatment with a fever, ear infection or cold. Should your
child become ill, contact us to see if it is necessary to postpone the
tell the doctor of any drugs that your child is currently taking
(prescribed, over-the-counter, or herbal medications) and
any drug reactions and/or change in medical history.
your child in loose fitting, comfortable clothing.
should not have milk or solid food after midnight prior to the
scheduled procedure and clear liquids ONLY (water, apple juice,
Gatorade) for up to 6 hours prior to the appointment.
parent or legal guardian must remain at the hospital or surgical site
waiting room during the complete procedure.
will be drowsy and will need to be monitored very closely. Keep your
child away from areas of potential harm.
child wants to sleep, place them on their side with their chin up.
Wake your child every hour and encourage them to have something to
drink in order to prevent dehydration. At first it is best to give
your child sips of clear liquids to prevent nausea. The first meal
should be light and easily digestible.
child vomits, help them bend over and turn their head to the side to
insure that they do not inhale the vomit.
leaving the hospital/outpatient center, you will be given a detailed
list of "Post-Op Instructions" and an emergency contact
number if needed.
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